The numbers grow each year for The March for Life. Why? Maggie Dewitte explains in her reflection from this year’s March. More…
By Tom Quiner
From 1980 to 1988, there were 1 million deaths due to the Iran/Iraq war.
From 1980 to 1988, there were 14 million deaths in the U.S. due to abortion.
Before the U.S./Iraq war began, there were an estimated 270 mass graves in Iraq.
It is estimated that those graves hold the bodies of 400,000 people.
In the U.S., our mass graves are found in the dumpsters behind Planned Parenthood. Millions of bodies have been disposed there.
In 2006, 846 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq. Thirty-four thousand Iraqi civilians died. One million, two-hundred fifty thousand babies were aborted in the U.S.
By 2010, the number of U.S. soldiers who died in Iraq had dropped to sixty. The number of Iraqi citizen fatalities dropped to twenty-four hundred. The number of abortion fatalities in the U.S. “dropped” to a mere one million, two-hundred thousand.
In the entire 236 year history of the United States of America, we have lost 1.3 million people to war.
We lose that many to abortion in a single year.
Interestingly, the incidence of civilian casualties in Iraq dropped dramatically with our intervention and the ouster of Saddam Hussein, one of the 20th century’s more prolific mass murderers.
In the U.S., Planned Parenthood is the most prolific agent of death. They are supported with taxpayer money with our president’s blessing.
Even more, the president requires taxpayers to fund the killings.
Even more, the president now requires Catholics and other faith-based organizations to provide abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception for free to their employees in their health care plans.
Inhumanity takes a tremendous toll on civilization. Often, the killing is done in the name of hate.
In the U.S., it is a little different. It is far worse. It is done in the name of apathy and greed, for Planned Parenthood makes billions on the little backs of their victims.
What is the price of all of this carnage? Civilization decays, one life at a time.
What is the solution? That is simple: God. We must remember we were made in His image.
Anything else? Yes, we must elect pro-life politicians.
And in the name of humanity, Barack Obama must go.
By Tom Quiner
In an era when the president is single-handedly requiring Catholics to pay for abortifacients for their employees, we need to find a way to keep our sanity. Humor is one way. Laughter is the only way to keep us from crying.
To that end, Quiner’s Diner is once again proud to present conservative humor at its finest from the folks at NewsBusted. Watch this for the sake of your mental health.
I insist! (You’ll love their 3rd “news” item!)
By Tom Quiner
James Farentino died on Tuesday.
The actor appeared in over a hundred roles in the movies, on television, and on stage.
I liked the characters he played. He was always compelling to watch on screen. There is a single role, though, that stood above all of his other performances. That was his riveting Emmy-nominated portrayal of Peter in the mini-series “Jesus of Nazareth.”
To me, “Jesus of Nazareth” is the best Jesus movie ever made. “The Gospel of John” is a close second.
I purchased both movies and watch one or the other during Holy Week each year.
The Prodigal Son scene in Jesus of Nazareth is simply a work of genius in the hands of Director, Franco Zeffirelli. Let me set the scene:
The reviled tax collector, Matthew, comes to hear Jesus speak. Peter goes ballistic and wants him thrown out of his house. Peter, like everyone in his day, despised the tax collector and his lowlife cronies.
Jesus rebukes Peter and lets Matthew stay and hear His message. Matthew is so taken by Jesus’ kindness and acceptance that he invites Him to come to his house that evening.
Again, Peter is furious.
Jesus asks Peter to come, but Peter refuses and says he will never step foot in that man’s house.
That leads us to the tender drama in the video clip above. (To view the clip, simply click the play button and they’ll ask you to click a link to view it at YouTube.)
Jesus begins to tell his most beloved parable, The Prodigal Son. As the story unfolds, he turns and looks at Peter who stands in the doorway, since he refused to step foot in Matthew’s house.
And it hits Peter in a profound revelation: I am the older brother.
And it hits Matthew in a profound revelation: I am the younger brother.
Peter is shaken to the core and tentatively crosses the threshold of his enemy’s house. He stands before his Master and says, “I am such a stupid man.”
And through the grace of God, Peter the Rock is reconciled with his “brother”, Matthew, the future disciple of Christ and the author of the first gospel.
I will never forget Mr. Farentino’s sensitive portrayal of this beloved disciple.
[The Prodigal Son is unceasingly relevant to our lives. Click here for another Quiner’s Diner reflection on Jesus’ most popular parable.]
By Tom Quiner
The world is focused on the president’s State of the Union address last night.
This speech came the day after hundreds of thousands people marched and prayed for the dignity of human life right in his own backyard.
The president ignored this March for Life.
So did the New York Times.
So did the Des Moines Register.
The president has made a tactical error that may cost him his re-election bid. He has totally turned his back on the state of human dignity.
His executive edict last week that Catholic and all faith-based organizations provide abortion pills, sterilization, and contraception forces even social justice Catholics to rethink this man.
He has brazenly told the Church to get over her love affair with the fetus.
He has told her to get over her love affair with religious liberty.
He is saying: get over it, or go away.
Mr. Obama may do something even the Catholic Church didn’t think possible: unite Catholics.
You see, Mr. Obama doesn’t buy the line used by many social justice Catholics that “although I am personally against abortion, I can’t impose my religion on anyone else.”
The president is very comfortable imposing his secular humanistic religion on all of us, including the Catholic Church and all of its myriad hospitals, universities, and charities.
Bow at the altar of my religion where abortion is a fundamental right, says the president, or prepare to shut your doors.
Mr. Obama has no tolerance for dissent on this issue. Do it his way or cease to be.
Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston was stunned:
“Never before in our US History has the Federal Government forced citizens to directly purchase what violates our beliefs. At issue here as our President of the Conference stated it this past Friday, is the survival of a cornerstone constitutionally protected freedom that ensures respect for conscience and religious liberty.”
It is going to be very, very difficult for even the most liberal Catholic to pull the lever for Barack Obama in the November elections with his direct assault on our religious freedoms.
Pope Benedict XVI issued us a warning:
“It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be appreciated at every level of ecclesial life.”
Some social justice Catholics are primarily concerned with the consequence of war. God bless them. Their ministry is vital. But we’ve aborted 53 million babies in this country. We’ve lost more people to abortion than war. In fact, we have a war taking place right here at our doorstep. It’s the war for the mother’s womb.
As Mother Teresa suggests, peace begins in the womb.
Here’s where we’re at. Mr. Obama won 54% of the Catholic vote in the 2008 election. However, they swung to the Republicans in the 2010 midterm elections. The Associated Press said 58% of Catholics voted for Republicans just fifteen months ago.
And now, with the president’s newest assault on the state of human dignity, he is going to hard-pressed to win the vote.
Let us hope.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that the Catholic vote sent Barack Obama packing!
[If you are concerned with state of religious freedom, post this on your Facebook page. It is vital to get the word out.]